Monday, 15 November 2010
Review: Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
Released: July 8th, 2010
Grade rating: B+
Picture the scene: Dother Hall performing arts college somewhere Up North, surrounded by rolling dales, bearded cheesemaking villagers (male and female) and wildlife of the squirrely-type. On the whole, it’s not quite the showbiz experience Tallulah was expecting… but once her mates turn up and they start their ‘FAME! I’m gonna liiiiive foreeeeeever, I’m gonna fill my tiiiiights’ summer course things are bound to perk up. Especially when the boys arrive. (When DO the boys arrive?) Six weeks of parent-free freedom. BOY freedom. Freedom of expression… cos it’s the THEATRE dahling, theatre!!
Georgia Nicolson is, without a doubt, my most missed literary character. It's just not the same without a new Georgia book every July, but luckily the hilarious Louise Rennison is back with a new series that's equally as wacky and *almost* as funny.
Tallulah is suitably nutty, just like her cousin Georgia (Yes! Cousin! Georgia is mentioned!). She's 14, never been kissed and on her way to a performing arts school full of loony teachers and students. Hilarity ensues, of course, and there's lots of talk of the Yorkshire moors, sheep, northern accents and scary owls called Connie. Oh, and many boys. After all, what's a Louise Rennison book without a handful of boys to choose from? My new personal favourite is crazy Cain, who just happens to be a bit of a dark-eyed stalker not far removed from Mark Big Gob. How these girls find boys like this, I'll never know!
It was always going to be hard for Rennison to live up to the Georgia books, but she's given it a good go. There are similarities to her previous series, mostly in the writing style and language used, though I was expecting that. After writing 10 books in the same series, I'm guessing it's quite hard to change your mindset and write something completely different.
Rennison has a certain formula, and that's what I love about her books: they're fun, mental and laugh-out-loud funny. They can be read again and again and, in my case, always are. I can't wait for the next volume, and Withering Tights is a great start to what I think could be a much loved series. Here's hoping Tallulah's knees look normal soon!